Archive for April 2010

New Blog about the LCSD?

April 22, 2010

A comment on this post points me to this story in the Express, and in the comments section I find this link:

I find it appalling that there is even a single member on this board who would not only consider Mr. Martin’s behavior to be acceptable, but would actively encourage it. In order to ensure a functional society, we have a system of rules in place which are designed to encourage civil, polite discourse and to allow that every voice is heard. In my opinion, to see board members actively encourage members of the community to participate in bullying behavior and act outside of established school board procedures is an ethical violation of the highest order.

That’s regarding the Christmas program kerfluffle at Pioneer.  I’ve got to say that I think Tim’s got a point:  How the community handled it created a really unwelcome environment for non-Christian students and their families.  At the least, Martin, as a school board member, should know better than to condone that, at least in public.

Also, does this mean we have a new LCSD blogger in town?

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Earlier school day for LHS students?

April 15, 2010

From the Lebanon Express:

Lebanon High School will start earlier — 35 minutes earlier — and get out earlier, running 7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. next year rather than 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

As soon as I read this I got confused, because there’s been research in the news recently suggesting that earlier start times are not actually good for high school students.  And lo, someone else is on the ball:

But a movement is afoot in protest of the earlier start time for the high school.

Sophomore Misa Smith started the Facebook fan page “Stop LHS from starting early!” The page has 87 members.

I would love to hear from Rob Hess and Bo Yates why they are pushing for an earlier start time, given the tendency for teens to have sleep cycles that run later.  And I assume both are well beyond the “it’s better for them to grow up!” rhetoric, since the evidence suggests otherwise.   At least I hope they are – I expect to hear that from commenters and some parents, but not LCSD officials.

Also, the FB page is now over 100 members.

What’s up with Sansom?

April 3, 2010

The Lebanon Express had a story recently on all the administrator changes going on in the LCSD (yes, I am still sort of following everything…..).  From the story:

Seven Oak Middle School principal Ed Sansom said he put in a request for transfer to the high school “some time ago.”

“We’ve done a pretty good job at Seven Oak,” Sansom said. “Having worked with Bo Yates, it will be a good transition to provide a quality curriculum.”

Sansom said he would try and help create a seamless transition from sixth through 12th grades.

Sansom has worked as principal of Seven Oak for seven years, the longest he’s stayed in one building for his entire career, he said.

I laughed a little when I heard this, because Yates used to work for Sansom and now the situation is reversed.  The transfer also raises the question of why the LCSD is keeping Sansom on at all, since from what I hear, he’s not fit the district very well.

When I read the story, I also looked up administrator licensure info for the people who are moving.  One thing, again about Sansom, caught my eye:  There is activity on his account pending March 15th, 2010.  That means he’s applying for a license…. or that someone has filed a complaint against him.  Given his recent past in the LCSD, I dug a tiny bit and found that yes, there are rumors that there’s a pending complaint against Sansom.

If this is true, then it raises a question of why he’s being transferred becomes even more interesting.  Paging the Lebanon Express.